It used to be that a CD or good old fashioned 12" vinyl would simply play, and your only indication of when it was about to end would be the album tracklisting printed on the sleeve. Hearing another song start up just as you thought the album was finished and got up to change the record was always an unexpected thrill - a surprise encore in your bedroom, a sort of reward for listening right through to the end. Yes, the iPod and its many variants have transformed the way people listen to music, but as someone who grew up waiting excitedly when an album finished to see if there was an extra hidden treat at the end of an album, I'll always see the death of the secret song as the sad flipside of its success. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Dec 16, 2013 -
Why Would Anyone Buy a Cassette Tape?
"I went back to the merch table to see what was on offer and saw - among other things - a cassette tape. I figured that participating in a weird economic trend would be worth the $5, so I bought it. Needless to say, I don't own anything that could play a cassette tape."
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Sep 11, 2013 -
The Virtual Gramophone.
A massive database of early Canadian 78 RPM recordings, now available in mp3 and rm format. Over 13,000 titles available, freely downloadable. Includes biographical notes
on the artists, notes on the history
of Canadian recording, interesting technical notes
on media conversion, a few videos
from the olde dayes, and podcasts
. This collection is particularly strong on Quebecois and Acadien folk/fiddle music. Courtesy of the Library and Archives Services
of the Government of Canada. Mentioned once before in passing, five years ago on Metafilter, but much improved since them realaudio only days
posted by Rumple
on Oct 31, 2006 -
No Condition is Permanent.
World music, and African music in particular, often falls into two categories: pleasant and inoccuous, or the fetishized other. Even speaking of "African" music is misleading. Senegalese mbalax doesn't sound that much like Camaroonian makossa.
And I don't say this as some great authority; I'm still just at the beginning of the learning curve.
So come along with me. There's the broad Benne Loxo du Taccu
, the sidebar of Mudd Up!
, the great (and self-explanitory) African Hiphop
, Stern's Music
(this link going to a more accessible Thione Seck), Aduna
(for Francophones— my middle-school French gets me by, but I'm really there for the music), Du Bruit
(more Francophones, with an emphasis on vinyl sharities), and Worldly Disorientation
(which covers all sorts of world music, but has some excellent African stuff).
Have I missed anything great? Recommend it in the thread. I tend to prefer the psychedelic and dubby stuff more than straight folk styles, but that's me.
posted by klangklangston
on Nov 17, 2005 -
There's a lot of exotic*
, and strangely catchy°
music out there on the net. Through Weirdo Music
and Record Brother, I've begun to touch the tip...
And while there's a fairly proscribed etiquette regarding the sharity sites (limited time for downloads, out-of-print only, desisting when asked), I find that Free Albums
and Strange Reaction
have put me off of buying new RIAA albums more than Napster or Kazaa ever did.
(Well, there is Regnyouth
, but the downloading is such a pain in the ass for most of it that I only ever really bother with things that I own on a format that I can't convert like cassette, or that I listen to once and delete, like Interpol).
But where do you go for weirdo music? Anything you've found in digging through these sites that's struck your fancy?
(And if you have sharities to, well, share: You Send It
are pretty much the gold standard.)
‡From Basic Hip
°From Comfort Stand
posted by klangklangston
on Sep 21, 2005 -